b. 1943, China

Yu Youhan Biography

Along with LI Shan and WANG Guangyi, YU Youhan is one of the main artists of Political Pop who emerged in the avant-garde movement in the 1990's, fusing Chinese iconography and Western artistic expression. His work has had a major impact on the cultural scene, and influenced and inspired a generation of younger artists. YU Youhan's earlier work is directly influenced by his experiences during the Cultural Revolution, with prominent imagery of political propaganda and socialist realism. Before constructing this pictorial universe, he practiced an informal and materialist abstraction. His work unravels and reconstructs the meandering histories of diverse environments. As reflected in his pictures, YU Youhan employs an aesthetic methodology that blends and exceeds seemingly contradictory visual traditions. He earned fame with his highly acclaimed Mao portrait series. He decorates the iconic images with flowers that blend into the foreground and background. It is not only a decorative gesture, but also an attempt to humanize the late leader.

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YU Youhan has recently shifted his artistic approach in search of a new paint language and subject matter. His latest work consists of landscape paintings that resemble pastorals of a forgotten utopia. YU Youhan’s extensive oeuvre combines multiple perspectives and investigates the structure of cultural identity in China through an ongoing exploration of various pictorial techniques. His paintings remain ubiquitous yet intriguing.

YU Youhan was born in Shanghai in 1943. He graduated from the Central Academy of Art and Design, Beijing in 1973. Now he resides and works in Shanghai. YU Youhan's work has shown widely nationally as well as internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Yu Youhan's Paintings, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2011); Out of Shanghai, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (2009); Writing on the Wall, Chinese New Realism and Avant-Garde in the Eighties and Nineties, The Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (2008); Study Practice, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai (2005); Chine, le Corps Partout?, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseilles, France (2004) and Landscape of Yi Mengshan, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2004). He has also exhibited in the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennale (1994), the 45th Venice Biennale (1993) and the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 1991). 

Yu Youhan Featured Artworks

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2019-5-4 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan 2019-5-4, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
157 x 208 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
Abstract 2018·7-2 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan Abstract 2018·7-2, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
127 x 154 cm
Tang Contemporary Art Contact Gallery
2018.5-13 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan 2018.5-13, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
2010.03.31 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan 2010.03.31, 2010 Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
Untitled (Red and Yellow) by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan Untitled (Red and Yellow), 1990 Acrylic on canvas
119 x 165.5 cm
Alisan Fine Arts Contact Gallery
Red Sun 红太阳 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan Red Sun 红太阳, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
101 x 117 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
20101101 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan 20101101, 2010 Acrylic on canvas
177 x 149 x 3.5 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery
2010.09.13 by Yu Youhan contemporary artwork painting
Yu Youhan 2010.09.13 Acrylic on canvas
107 x 95 cm
ShanghART Contact Gallery

Yu Youhan Recent Exhibitions

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ShanghART contemporary art gallery in Singapore ShanghART Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

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